Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán: The American Right’s Deepening and Concerning Global Partnership

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s increasing influence on the American far right, particularly his interactions with figures like former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his hosting of a CPAC meeting in Budapest, has interested many observers.

This influence has been further highlighted by Orbán’s appearances at events like CPAC, where he received a thunderous ovation, indicating his popularity among certain segments of the conservative movement in the United States.

Orbán’s political ideology, often described as “illiberal democracy,” has found resonance among some American conservatives, particularly those aligned with the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) movement.

Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán (Credits: New York Magazine)

His emphasis on national sovereignty and his strong stance against immigration and multiculturalism have struck a chord with those who share similar views in the U.S.

The Hungarian leader’s efforts to consolidate a European far-right movement in the mold of MAGA are also noteworthy. His meetings with prominent American conservatives and his efforts to forge alliances with like-minded leaders across Europe suggest a concerted effort to reshape the political landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

However, despite Orbán’s efforts to align himself with the American far right, it is unclear if he truly has the support of key figures like former President Donald Trump.

While Trump has expressed admiration for Orbán’s leadership style, including his willingness to assert authority decisively, Trump’s own agenda may not fully align with Orbán’s vision.

Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán (Credits: The Times of Israel)

For instance, Trump’s recent calls for mass deportations and a total lockdown of the country to keep out those who do not align with his views suggest a more authoritarian approach than even Orbán might advocate.

Additionally, Trump’s focus on issues like rooting out perceived political enemies and cracking down on dissenting voices indicates a more aggressive stance than what Orbán has publicly advocated.

It is also worth noting that Orbán’s political standing in Europe is not as secure as it may seem. Recent scandals and internal turmoil within his party have raised questions about his leadership and the stability of his government.

While Orbán may see Trump as a key ally, particularly in his efforts to counter perceived threats from Russia and other external forces, the Hungarian leader’s reliance on Trump may be a risky strategy.

Orbán’s influence on the American far right and his efforts to forge alliances with like-minded leaders are part of a broader trend towards nationalist and populist movements worldwide.

Whether these movements will ultimately reshape the global political landscape remains to be seen, but Orbán’s role in this process is certainly one to watch.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.